HARTFORD - A Bristol man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal investigation alleging he sold heroin to a woman the morning she died of a drug overdose.
Roger Tuscano, 47, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin - which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. He appeared Wednesday in federal court, where he was released on $100,000 bond, into an inpatient drug treatment program.
According to federal officials, Southington police and medics responded on April 26 to a residence on the report of an unresponsive 54-year-old woman who apparently overdosed on drugs. First responders tried to save the woman’s life and administered naloxone, but it had minimal effect.
The woman was taken to an area hospital. She died two days later. The state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined that the woman died from a combination of heroin and clonazepam.
At the scene, police seized evidence, including four wax folds that contained heroin.
Federal officials allege that the overdose victim bought heron from Tuscano at a gas station in New Britain the morning she died.
This case stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users.
This matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad and the Southington and Bristol police departments. The Tactical Diversion Squad includes members from the New Haven, Hamden, Greenwich, Shelton, Bristol, Vernon, Wilton, Milford, Monroe and Fairfield police departments, and the Connecticut State Police.
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